Tag Archives: cia

GOP ‘torture debate’ enabled by Obama’s failure to prosecute

Troubling comments within the GOP presidential field over whether to reinstate torture and implement other war crimes have been drawing criticism lately, with the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain, even feeling compelled to weigh in last week by calling out the “loose talk” in the Republican primaries. On Feb. 9, McCain took the Senate […]

Torture, police brutality and the arrogance of unchecked power

The international fallout from last week’s long-delayed release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 500-page executive summary of its still-classified 6,000 report on CIA torture could hardly be more intense, with calls coming from the United Nations, foreign governments and the human rights community for prosecutions of those who carried out or authorized the torture techniques […]

Senate torture report controversy: Is the CIA beyond accountability?

Thursday’s Senate vote to release part of a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s now-defunct rendition and torture program is something of a mixed blessing. On one hand, it is significant that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has voted overwhelmingly to release the findings of the five-year study, which reportedly include details on how much […]

50 years later, JFK cover stories abound

Let’s just say it off the bat. Elements of the U.S. defense and intelligence community conspired to assassinate President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. A straightforward examination of the facts surrounding the slaying, the cover-up (including the botched autopsy, the murder of patsy Lee Harvey Oswald, the fictitious Warren Commission report, etc.), as […]